Throwback Thursdays – Vintage Halloween Ads

It’s no secret that advertising played a big part in making Halloween the $8 billion dollar industry it is today, but, did you ever see some of those vintage Halloween ads and say, what were they thinking? Here’s a few I really just had to question:

Cuz nothing says shoe polish like a scantily clad witch on Halloween. Is there even enough shoe to polish there? Is she supposed to ignore the creeper behind her just cuz he’s got nicely polished shoes? Did you even notice this was an ad for shoe polish?
Do tots buy more candy from sexy witches? Do sexy witches sell more candy to tots? Do moms need to be a sexy witch to hand out candy to tots? What is the message here?
Number one rule in advertising, know your audience, candy is for kids, but mommy does the buying, with daddy’s money, and daddies like sexy witches.
The health benefits play second fiddle to scaring off men with bad breath.
Ah, the good ole days when drinking carbonated sugary drinks made us skinny!
Coca-cola bringing the world together, very closely, like super close, too close, why are they so damn close?!
This is no brainer, we should carve pumpkins in our undies cuz our dresses might get dirty!

Poe Sundays

On Poe Sundays, we celebrate the Master of the Macabre, the grandfather of gothic fiction, writer-poet extraordinaire Edgar Allan Poe.

Excerpt of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Fun Fact: Despite that readers the worldover consider the narrator to be male, there is no gender specified in The Tell-Tale Heart, thus, some critics have taken up the point that the narrator may in fact be a woman.

Friday Fright Nightcaps: The Sweetest Black Cat

Happy October! All month along will be a celebration to Halloween Icons and I’m kicking off the official Halloween season with a tribute to the sassiest Halloween icon of them all, the black cat.

Say hello to my variation of a purple Martini, The Sweetest Black Cat, aptly named because of its sweet ingredients. If sweetness isn’t your thing, well, topping off with just a tad bit more vodka or ginger ale, to balance the flavors, oughta do the trick.

INGREDIENTS:

3 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz blue curacao
1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
1/2 oz pomegranate grenadine
1/2 oz ginger ale (or 7-up/Sprite)

Please drink responsibily, don’t drink and drive, and have a safe and happy Halloween season!

3rd Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge

#HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021

Write a Halloween Icons themed haiku and yours could be chosen to win a Halloween prize pack worth over $50!*

In keeping with our monthly theme, share your most original Halloween Icons themed haiku anytime during the month of October. Contest starts October 1st and ends at midnight, the witching hour, on October 31st. Winner will be announced on November 1st here and on social media.

Three ways to share your haiku:

•           Post your haiku here in the comment section of this specific blog post. After review, I will make your haiku visible to the public.

•           Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021 and tag me @halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.

•           Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021 and tag me @Halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.

Judging Criteria:

1) Originality. You must be the sole author of the haiku you post. No exceptions.

2) Halloween Icons. The theme of your haiku must be Halloween Icons.

3) Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.

4) Style. All haiku, senryu, and zappai are eligible and should fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.

5) Participants may post up to three haiku for consideration.

PRIZES:

1st Prize Winner*:

Halloween Icons Prize Pack:

Copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson (unsigned) – From the biggest Halloween Icon of them all, the newly released Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark ($25)
Halloween Face Masks ($20)

Halloween Dish Towels ($5)
DEI Candy corn socks ($5)
Spooky Notes Notepad from Oct 31st Store in UK ($5)
Stay Spooky greeting card ($5
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2nd & 3rd Place Winners**:

Two runner-up poems will be chosen to win a Halloween card, a small Halloween button or pin, and some Halloween stickers.

*Sorry, US residents only.

**Thank you to Oct 31st Store for donating the small prizes in this year’s Halloween Haiku contest. Awesome merch, great customer service, and fast shipping! Check out their online shop at https://october31st.co.uk/

Disclaimer:

All works are copyright of their respective owners. By participating in this contest, you agree that Halloween Kristy can use your haiku to further promote this contest and http://www.halloween-haiku.com on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) Unauthorized use, modification, reproduction, or distribution of copyright poems submitted to Halloween Haiku Challenge 2021 without express written permission from the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.

For further details on contest rules, please visit:

https://halloween-haiku.com/contest-rules-eligibility-and-some-disclaimer-stuff/

Halloween Kristy reserves the right to remove and discredit any haiku and/or images posted here or on social media containing plagiarized or copyrighted material, pornography, vulgarity, bigoted, racist, or sexist views.

Happy Halloween 2021!

Halloween is a celebration of life! By….warding…off…the dead….anyhoo, whether you like the old vintage style, cute and spooky, spine-tingling chills and thrills, or super gory to the max, Halloweentime is a magical season filled with creativity, community spirit, fun, and wonder. Every year, Halloween Haiku celebrates all month long, and while it’s gonna be challenging, this year we’re doing it again!

Our theme in October is Halloween Icons…ya know, bats, black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, etc., all those things that are known to represent Halloween. Now, I’ve come up with a bunch, but I can’t wait to hear what icons you think Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without.

This Halloween season, I’m changing up the traditional 31 days format and I plan to use social media a bit more, so please, join in the fun, and follow me @Halloweenhaiku9 on Instagram and Twitter

Here’s what’s in store for October:

3rd Annual Halloween Haiku Contest Sharpen those pencils! I want to see your most original Halloween Icons themed haiku. I’m giving away a Grand Prize Pack worth over $50!
I might even have some small prizes for runner-ups.

More details about the haiku contest will be announced on October 1st.

Halloween Icons Photo Countdown (Instagram only)
October photo countdown to Halloween. No contest, just something to do for fun Oct. 1-31st. Let’s see those pictures! Use #halloweeniconsphotochallenge

31 Days of Halloween Schedule:

Monday Macabre (website and social media)

Mondays are always dedicated to Haiku, but every Monday in October we’ll celebrate Halloween icons.

Tiny Terror Tuesdays (social media)

Sometimes little things pack a big punch. Every Tuesday, I’ll be sharing scenes from my haunted dioramas and miniatures.

Wicked Art Wednesdays (social media)

Every Wednesday, I’ll share some spooktacular Halloween art. I might even post some my own original Halloween pencil stencil art.

Throwback Thursdays (website)

Every Thursday, let’s travel back to the golden age of Vintage Halloween advertising. Some ads were amusing, and some, were downright cringeworthy. Let’s debate!

Friday Fright Nightcaps (website and social media)

Witches aren’t the only ones who drink brews!  Check-in every Friday evening to see what wild Halloween season-inspired cocktail I pull outta the cauldron.

Sinister Saturdays (website and social media)

Every Saturday, I’ll rotate between sharing one savory and one sweet recipe, all guaranteed to have you screaming for more! I may even try to make some of these myself. Now, that’s scary!

Poe Sundays (website and social media)

Just like we do every year, we’ll celebrate the gothic genius of Edgar Allan Poe, master of macabre.

Have a safe and happy Halloween season, everyone!

Haiku of the Week-Spooky Night Light

Our theme this month is Halloween dreams

spooky night light
drifting off to sleep
Halloween dreams

Monthly Haiku Corner – September

Happy September! Welcoming back the Halloween 2021 season and wishing everyone a joyous, fun-filled, and memorable season. Our theme this month is Halloween Dreams.

aisles of pumpkins
dreaming of halloween
waking up